Making Time For Meditation

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By Emily Quinton

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I first really got into meditation when I used hypno-birthing with my first child nearly 12 years ago. I had practised it before then in yoga classes but it was only in preparation for Imogen's birth that I really learned how much my mind and body got from meditation. I felt a mind and body connection that I had never felt before. And the power of relaxation was incredible.

I went on to use hypno-birthing to deliver all my children but not only to bring them into the world but to parent too. I have got through many a tantrum or car journey scream out with the skills I learned with hypno-birthing.

However, it wasn't until about two years ago that I made the decision to bring daily meditation practice into my life. Up until that point it was something that I used in time of stress, pain or worry but the more I read about people I admired putting meditation at the top of their daily to-do lists I thought that it really was something to fit into my life.

I started with guided meditation on apps like Headspace, which I am a huge fan of (and so are my children - more about that soon). However, I realised that some days were tricky to find a meditation slot. The more I practice the fewer excuses I find for not making time for it. You can meditate in the shower once you get the hang of it, so there really isn't an excuse for not fitting in into your every day.

As well as the occasional shower meditation (handy if you are on holiday with your children or visiting relatives!) I have found other great ways to make meditation part of my every day. I find that mindful running or walking is wonderful. And I will often tag on a few minutes at the end of a yoga practice.

On some days I may only be able to do 5 minutes and on others I can do 20. But I find value in all of it. I have a really full life, I have a busy home with my family of six, I squeeze running my business into school hours on most days, so my mind is often really full and I can easily spin out. Meditation slows every right down. It literally wipes my mind clear again. It makes my thoughts slow down enough to catch them.

Meditation makes me think better, feel better and enjoy life more. It doesn't hurt, it doesn't require any special equipment, you can do it anywhere and it is so good for you.

If you feel that you can't fit it in, spend one day monitoring the amount of time you spend on your phone ( you can use an app like Moment for this), even just on social media. And then think again!

It can take time to find the meditation that works for you and to find how to fit it into your day but I know that you can do it. And your mind and body will really thank you. We have several Makelight Meditations you can try to get you started.

If you want to learn more about meditation, the lovely Gabrielle Treanor has a new online course I think you will love. xo

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How and why I make time for meditation even with four young children and a business to run

I'm Emily Quinton, photographer, writer, teacher and mother of four. Along with my husband Stef I run Makelight – a membership community for creators, makers and doers.

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